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The Brilliant Red July Birthstone

Natural uncut ruby

The gemstone world celebrates the month of July with one of the most coveted of gems; Ruby. Ruby is a precious gemstone known for its brilliant red color. It is a variety of the mineral corundum whose other varieties of gem-quality stones include sapphires. The red color of ruby is caused by the presence of chromium in its chemical composition. The more chromium there is, the more intense the red color will be. Rubies range in color from a deep, rich cochineal to a lighter rose red. When exposed to sunlight, the UV rays make the chromium glow! Ruby gemstones may also have a shade of orange, pink, or purple. The most valued ruby color is “pigeon-blood red”—a bright red stone with a tint of purple.

The gemstones derive their name from ruber, Latin for red; given its red color. Apart from their brilliant beauty, fine-quality rubies are relatively rare, and large, high-quality stones command a premium price in the gem market. Rubies are undeniably one of the most popular and valuable gemstones in the world. They are very durable, with a Mohs hardness of 9, making them second only to diamonds on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This hardness makes them durable gemstones suitable for various types of jewelry.

Ruby the Valuable Jewel

Faceted rubies (photo courtesy of

The most common use for rubies is in jewelry. They are often used to make rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Rubies can also be used in other decorative objects, such as vases, figurines, and other works of art. Their hardness also allows them to be used in industrial applications such as lasers and cutting tools. In addition to their beauty, rubies are also believed to have several beneficial properties. According to some beliefs, rubies are often associated with passion, love, and vitality. They have been considered a symbol of power and protection in various cultures throughout history. Rubies are also very rare and valuable, making them a status symbol for those who can afford them.

Its value is primarily determined by its color, clarity, size, and origin. Fine, unenhanced rubies with intense red coloration and excellent clarity can command extremely high prices in the market. It’s worth noting that it’s common practice for rubies to undergo treatments to enhance their color and clarity. Heat treatment is widely used to improve the gemstone’s color and overall appearance.

Ruby jewelry set

If you are looking for a gemstone that can add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your jewelry, a ruby is a great option (especially if you have a special occasion in July). When buying the gemstone, always choose a ruby that has a deep, rich red color, look for one that is free of visible flaws and remember to ask the jeweler about the origin of the ruby and whether it has been treated in any way.

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1 Comment

  1. The irresistible Ruby. Thanks for the insights. Definitely getting a ruby ring!!!


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